Diversity in STEM conference drives $23 million in to Hawaii economy
The annual Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference just wrapped up at the Hawaii Convention Center.
The four-day conference drew over 5,000 attendees, making it the largest SACNAS conference in history.
It also brought over $23 million to the Hawaii economy, according to the Hawaii Convention Center.
The conference concluded with keynote speaker Dr. Pualani Kanaka'ole-Kanahele, President of the Edith Kanaka'ole.
"We have a problem with the idea that Hawaiians don't know any science, but we know our environment rather well, we had to know the environment well to survive for so long. We learned how weather patterns, winds, seasons and spawning of different fish all relate," she explained.
Hilo native Dr. Cliff Kapono was a featured speaker at the conference as well.
"The native Hawaiian community is highly represented in the STEM field it's just taking the rest of the STEM field to recognize that there are many scientists whether they're a medical doctor or a lifeguard," he told KITV.
Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine also spoke at the conference, "The time has come for has come for the global community to seek viable and effective solutions to the climate crisis and to do so with unrestrained speed," she said.